I have to say this book wasn’t as good as the first two books, but it was still a good read. I wasn’t crazy about the back and forth between Hana and Lena, but it was easy to keep up with and did keep the read interesting. When the book came out I bought it that very day. I was so excited it was finally here, and after reading it I didn’t feel that it quite came up to the standards of the other books. It was interesting, but didn’t knock my socks off. I also felt let down at the end of the book. I expected more from the ending. I do have to say that I thought the narrator did an exemplary job and would definitely listen to her in the future.
I suppose I should just resign myself to the fact that I might never be pleased with the final book in a YA series, as this was like Mockingjay from the Hunger Games series all over again for me!
Seriously though, I love Lauren Oliver's writing style and the way she crafts her characters, but I honestly do not think she did them justice here. I was always skeptical of this "love triangle". Lena's jump to Julian at the end of the last book seemed really forced - more a plot device than a natural development. But OK...I knew it was coming and I was prepared. What I wasn't prepared for was how poorly it was executed.
I can't help but wonder what Ms. Oliver's intention was...as I obviously missed it. She gives us the first book and allows us to fall in love with Alex. Then she gives us the second book and enchants us with Julian. In the third book, they are both there, but basically in name only, as they are completely underdeveloped and barely used in the story. Where is the love that these people are fighting so desperately for? It seems to have all but vanished.
The only half way decent scene with Alex is near the beginning...his big fight with Lena. That scene is written so well and narrated beautifully by Sarah Drew (as always!) UNTIL Alex says "I never loved you" and Lena believes him. Are you kidding me?!? Why on earth would Lena buy it? He didn't give her a reason as to why he pretended to love her. He doesn't explain why he is so angry given the fact that he doesn't love her. So why would Lena believe him? It makes no sense other than being a plot device that allowed Lena to put him on the back burner and focus on Julian. So disappointing!
I loved the descriptions of the Wilds. The wandering journey didn't bother me as it seemed to bother others. What did bother me is that there seemed to be no purpose. We meet Coral just to make Lena jealous. Alex is there but says or does nothing. Same can be said about Julian. Then there's Lena's mom...just kinda thrown in at the end for good measure. There seemed to be little point to anything.
I also was not a big fan of the back and forth between Lena and Hana. I thought it might lead to some great interaction between them at the end, but when they finally did meet, it was more of a fizzle than a bang.
All in all, the book seemed rushed. Perhaps they were in a hurry to get it completed because of the TV version airing next season? I loved the first book...liked the second book...but almost wish I hadn't read this one at all. I remain a fan of Oliver's writing style and haven't read Before I Fall, yet, so maybe I'll give it a try.
Sarah Drew's narration was wonderful, though I did feel that even she struggled with the switch from Lena to Hana.
The book was great and the performance was awesome! What a great end to the series. Left me wishing there was a 4th on its way!
In the final minutes of Requiem, Lena notes that the Cureds are looking for certainty. They choose the procedure as a form of protection against the unknown. And while she understands the sadness and grief of change, of not being sure, she has chosen faith instead of knowing.
It makes sense, then, that the book ends with uncertainty. What is more uncertain than loving someone? No, we don't get a whole lot of closure. But that's the point. Requiem would be a failure if it wrapped up everyone's lives in pretty little packages, and I would have been disappointed.
This book is beautiful, haunting and poetic, like the two that came before. And Sarah Drew is magnificent.
Really enjoyed this 3rd book even more than the other two. Interestingly, each book just got better and I cared more and more about the characters as the trilogy unfolded. This book uses another "voice" to tell the story by using both the heroine's point of view and the point of view of her best friend, Hannah. It was insightful and entertaining. If you're one of those people who requires everything to be tied up nice and tight to enjoy the ending of the book you may be a bit disappointed. For me, the end was satisfying and hopeful. I can now highly recommend this trilogy... as an uplifting tale about human nature.
I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...
Powerful, enlightening, and exciting!
When Hana and Lena reunite. The tension and differences between the two characters were electric.
Any scene with Alex and Lena. It was such painful misery to see those two. A love triangle in the Dystopian age.
Never give up on love!
I loved this series and I am sad to see them completed. I am happy to know that she wrote short stories about Anabelle and Hana they are available on e book only. I still have something to read. I read this series with hesitation, but I think that Oliver is an amazing author that transports you into the hearts of the characters. She leaves you with something to chew on with every chapter. This book has many connections to the things that are going on today and it is frightening to think about in this context. Oliver, I can't wait to see your next novel. Thanks for creating such believable and memorable characters. The performance by Sara Drew was amazing as well. She really gets into each character and it is so believable. You could tell that she enjoys what she does it really shows in tis performance.
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) This book pales in comparison to the first two! The narration is spot on, but after having waited months for the final book in the trilogy I'm left disappointed and wondering what it was about the first two books I liked?!? I'd relate this book to Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) as yet another example of a great series that was ruined by lack of creativity and a lackluster ending.
Plot: As I've indicated above this book was nothing special. It did not captivate me as a reader and I never felt like I "couldn't out it down." The second book set's the stage for some main character conflict between the men in her life, but like everything in the book it never gains momentum and simply peters out.
Thoughout the book the author shifts between Lena and Hana's perspective, which adds a fun dynamic to the book, but at the end (NEXT 2 SENTENCE ARE A POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT) of the book doesn't really answer any questions that the reader might have. You're left to believe that all of these mind altered "zombies" are simply ok with the outcome and no desire to fight back.
Narrator: Great job. A little confusing at the beginning as she shifted from Lena to Hana's point of view, but once I understand that was how the book was written, it all came togather.
I feel like the narrator must have been being performing this book while being fed coffee intravenously. I only made it through the first 2 1/2 hours of this book and the story is good and I want to keep listening but I have to put it down often because the speed the narrator is jabbering is enough to drive me nuts. Between her high pitch and overly excited presentation, I'm driven to the point of wanting to scream. It's been awhile since I read the first two books in the series and maybe if I had written a review I might have remembered if I liked them or not.
I really enjoyed all three books in this series. To follow Hannah & Lena as they matured and all the changes they go through, dealing with their friendship, life changes, love, and rage. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story is adapted to a TV series next year (it was first picked up for a movie, then changed to a network series). I especially enjoyed hearing from the narrator at the end of the last book. There was a lot of depth to the series, not just a simple love story, but a deeper story of fighting for what you believe in and the sacrifices you make, not just from those in the wild.
Beside the storyline, the narrator, Sarah Drew, is absolutely amazing.
Hana's final "normal" act. AND, of course, the very end (don't want to make a spoiler).
Lana, without a doubt.
Made me unable to put it down. I waited quite a while for the third book to be published, got it when it became available, and just listened to it, thoroughly enjoying every part of it.
Better than Hunger Games - so good that I don't have the words to say!!!!